"In the past 17 years, there were one to eight percent of contracts awarded to minorities," Johnson said. "We hope that the county Charleston County School District would follow Charleston County in awarding anywhere from 30 to 35 percent to minority contractors. The organization wants to see a change as soon as possible."

The National Action Network called for an investigation into a lack of diversity in the awarding of construction contracts for minority contractors from the Charleston County School District Board.

NAN South Carolina President Elder James Johnson said the school district has awarded construction contracts to Cumming Construction Management for the last 17 years and said his group planned to send a letter to the attorney general requesting an investigation.

“In the past 17 years, there were one to eight percent of contracts awarded to minorities,” Johnson said. “We hope that the county Charleston County School District would follow Charleston County in awarding anywhere from 30 to 35 percent to minority contractors. The organization wants to see a change as soon as possible.”

The Charleston County School District disputes these claims.

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